All over the UK radio listeners are hearing the message, especially from the BBC, that they can hand their old FM radio in at any major home audio retailer and get a discount on a shiny new DAB radio.
Is the amnesty a good thing for radio? There are plenty of strong views on both sides of the coin.
For a Radio Amnesty
The BBC fully support the idea of an amnesty, along with certain sections of the commercial radio sector, and are promoting the message heavily on air. The radio amnesty idea is from a company called Radio Centre Limited who are based at 5 Golden Square in London.
Against an Amnesty
Steve Penk, from 96.2 The Revolution in Oldham, described a radio amnesty as “farcical, misleading and dishonest” along with the fact that it would cost thousands of radio jobs up and down the country. The Chief Executive of UKRD, William Rogers, calls it “the closest thing to a con” and will have no part in the promotion of a radio amnesty.